Wednesday 22 November 2017

Protesters arrested as violence erupts outside Dublin's Convention Centre

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Two men have been arrested tonight as protests outside the Convention Centre in Dublin turned violent.

Clashes between anti-austerity protesters and gardai escalated outside the building where the two-day European People's Party congress is being hosted by Fine Gael.

Earlier this evening, around 200 protesters marched from Liberty Hall to the Convention Centre.

The crowd joined a smaller group of people who had congregated at the Centre some time beforehand.

The originally peaceful protest quickly became violent and a gardai has been injured in the fracas.

Approximately 2,000 delegates from all across Europe - including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Presidents of the European Commission and European Council, José Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy - are attending the EPP meeting.

The crisis in the Ukraine has dominated a large portion of the conference as newly-elected interim Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseny Yatsenyuk, freed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and Vitaly Klitschko are also in attendance.

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (left) and Vitali Klitschko at the European People's Party Congress in the Convention Centre, Dublin
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (left) and Vitali Klitschko at the European People's Party Congress in the Convention Centre, Dublin

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